What is Allulose?

Allulose is a keto-friendly, sugar-free sweetener that gives you all the sweetness you want without the calories . It tastes so good, you won’t even believe it’s not sugar.
Allulose is a low-calorie alternative to sugar. Considered a rare sugar, it has many of the same properties as fructose, which is the sugar that is naturally found in fruit. Like fructose, allulose can be found in raisins, jackfruit, and figs.

Guess where else you can find it? In our NEW Sugar free, dairy free caramels. Keep reading to learn more about allulose and how we combine it with monk fruit, another natural sweetener, to make the most amazing sugar free, plant-based candies on earth!

All About Allulose Info graphic  reprinted with permission from the Calorie Control Council.

Infographic reprinted with permission from the Calorie Control Council.

New Sugar Substitute

Because it’s a monosaccharide, or a simple sugar, allulose has the same taste and texture as traditional sugar, making it a great sugar substitute. Available in granulated form, allulose is perfect for baking, adding to your coffee, or anytime you need the taste of sugar but not the calories. It freezes just like traditional sugar, which means you can use it in your homemade ice cream or in the batch of chocolate chip cookies you’ve been keeping in the freezer for a rainy day.

But unlike sugar, allulose is low in calories. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), allulose has only 0.4 calories per gram, in contrast to sugar, which has 4 calories per gram. That’s a tenfold difference! This natural sugar substitute is FDA-approved for use in a variety of foods, including baked goods, cereal, candy, gum, ice cream, salad dressing, jam, jelly, and pudding.

Keto-Friendly Sweetener

Your body metabolizes this keto-friendly sweetener differently than sugar. When sugar enters your bloodstream, your system treats it like a carbohydrate and breaks it down into glucose. When you consume allulose, on the other hand, your body absorbs it without ever turning it into glucose. Therefore, you won’t experience the blood sugar or insulin spikes you see when you eat sugar.

Because allulose has virtually no effect on blood sugar, it’s an excellent choice for those who follow a ketogenic diet, or anyone who is simply looking to improve their health or lose weight. While allulose may be a good alternative sweetener for diabetics, we always suggest talking to your doctor first to make sure allulose is right for you. Replacing some or all of the added sugar in your diet with allulose is a convenient way to reduce your daily sugar consumption. And with only ten percent of the caloric value of sugar, it’s also an easy way to cut calories.

Monk Fruit Sweetener

If you’ve been searching for the perfect keto sweetener, you’ve probably noticed that allulose and monk fruit tend to go hand in hand. You might be wondering, what is monk fruit? Also known as siraitia grosvenorii, lo han guo, or Buddha fruit, it’s a small, green, kiwi-shaped fruit grown in Southeast Asia. For hundreds of years, Chinese medicine has used the ancient fruit as a remedy for colds and digestive problems.

Monk Fruit, all natural, carlorie free sweetener used in Cocomels sugar free caramels

Monk fruit contains natural sugars, including glucose and fructose. However, its sweetness derives not from its sugars, but from the mogrosides it contains. Mogrosides are a rare type of antioxidant found in the seeds and skin, which is where monk fruit extract — and it’s sweetness — come from.

Monk fruit extract has no sugar, carbohydrates, or calories. Yet it’s incredibly sweet — 150 to 200 times sweeter than sugar. While its nutritional properties make it keto friendly, on its own the sweet factor would be too high. This is why you’ll often find it mixed with allulose; the combination offsets the monk fruit’s intensity. Together, the two natural sweeteners complement each other to bring you a perfectly balanced keto sweetener.

Allulose, both on its own, or in combination with monk fruit, is a new, natural sugar substitute you can enjoy in your favorite keto friendly sweets and treats.

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